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Ancient sword and other incredible items discovered during dig at Glenfield ParkThe findings have national significancePrehistoric cauldrons, a complete ancient sword and third century BC brooch, and dress pins are among the nationally significant findings discovered by University of Leicester archaeologists.The Iron Age site is believed to have been a ritual and ceremonial centre for a community that also hosted large feasts, while the findings represent the most northerly discovery of such objects on mainland Britain and the only find of this type of cauldron in the East Midlands.Evidence also suggests the site was used over a long period of time by multiple generations and underwent striking changes in character.Historian: Why Leicester Cathedral needs to urgently rethink its plan to stage Richard III playJohn Thomas, director of the excavation and project officer from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said: “Glenfield Park is an exceptional archaeological site, with a fantastic array of finds that highlight this as one of the more important discoveries of recent years.”Early occupation of the site during the earlier middle Iron Age (5th 4th centuries BC) was relatively modest, consisting of a small open settlement that occupied the south facing, lower slopes of the spur.”Slightly later in the middle Iron Age, indicated to be in the 4th or 3rd centuries BC by radiocarbon dating, the settlement underwent striking changes in character.”Individual roundhouses were now enclosed, there was far more evidence for material culture, and rituals associated with the settlement involved apparently deliberate burial of a striking assemblage of metalwork.Items found during Glenfield search”It is the metalwork assemblage that really sets this settlement apart. The quantity and quality of the finds far outshines most of the other contemporary assemblages from the area, and its composition is almost unparalleled. The cauldron assemblage in particular makes this a nationally important discovery.”The project took place over the winter of 2013/14 and was commissioned in advance of Glenfield Park, a large scale warehouse and distribution development by Wilson Bowden Developments Ltd, close to the M1, between the villages of Glenfield and Kirby Muxloe.Read MoreThe cauldrons and other finds at Glenfield Park are the result of a series of events that took place over a considerable length of time and have resulted in multiple episodes of deposition across the settlement.John said: “Due to their large capacity it is thought that Iron Age cauldrons were reserved for special occasions and would have been important social objects, forming the centrepiece of major feasts, perhaps in association with large gatherings and events.”The importance of cauldrons as symbolic objects is reflected in their frequent appearance in early medieval Irish and Welsh literature, which has been drawn upon in studies of Iron Age society.”The cauldrons are extremely fragile and were lifted from site in soil blocks for later analysis.They were initially investigated at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre in Middlesex, a leading medical imaging centre specialising in cancer which had CT scanning equipment large enough to accommodate the soil blocks..

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